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Nirmala Sitharaman undertakes sortie in IAF fighter jet Sukhoi 30 MKI

Sitharaman, the country's first full-time woman defence minister, wore a G-suit and sat behind the pilot during the flight. The sortie lasted 30 minutes.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 18, 2018 1:29 pm
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman being familiarised with the Sukoi-30 MKI in Jodhpur on Wednesday (Source: Twitter/DefenceMinIndia)

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday undertook a sortie in the Indian Air Force (IAF) frontline combat jet, Sukhoi 30 MKI, from the Jodhpur airbase in Rajasthan. According to news agency PTI, the defence minister did so to review operational preparedness and combat capabilities. The twin-engine Russian-made fighter jet has a two-seat cockpit and is a nuclear-capable aircraft.

“Very proud and thankful that I’ve gone through this experience because it actually tells me with what rigor, practice, what level of readiness and how quickly (defence personnel) have to respond to situations. It was eye-opening and memorable,” Sitharaman said, reported ANI. The country’s first full-time defence minister, she wore a G-suit and sat behind the pilot during the flight. The sortie lasted 30 minutes. 


Earlier, in 2009, former President Pratibha Patil entered the world record for being the first woman head of state to fly the Sukhoi-30 MKI. At the time, Patil was 74 which also made her the oldest to fly the warplane. She had flashed a victory sign on landing.

Sitharaman interacts with IAF pilots before her sortie

(With inputs from PTI)

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  1. Caza Jaza
    Jan 18, 2018 at 2:36 am
    Read the names along with comments and judge for yourselves!
    1. Ashok Amin
      Jan 17, 2018 at 7:32 pm
      Same is the case between US and N.K . N.K. wants preparing of defense and US believes for attack. Sheer suspicion !.......or fear or ego of US.
      1. Ashok Amin
        Jan 17, 2018 at 7:24 pm
        Combat,readiness,show.......why?.........for sake of fear,suspicion and may be ego. Most of wars fought with misplaced rivalry. No one think of avoiding thousands being killed and if there is alternative.That's called haste and waste......or individual whim,a brain wave.Leaders never think more because they don't have IQ or to maintain chair.Even UN is the victim of such evils. May be Modi is trying in proper direction but ow much he could succeed when surrounded by selfish advisers devoid of simple common sense making issues more complicate.Example ! The than Musharaff of Pakistan and Bajpai of India talked positive and reached a grat decision but Look how Advaniji put the scope with limited vision.
        1. Asim Kumar
          Jan 17, 2018 at 4:42 pm
          Million dollar joyride at public expense.
          1. Mir Mumtaz
            Jan 17, 2018 at 4:22 pm
            Political show off. Defence minister, so can have privileged to sit on fighter aircraft. Give her a rifle to go and fight in actual at border. Our soldiers are not provided with adequate ration but these big fats are busy on merry making.
            1. Sadanand Adka
              Jan 17, 2018 at 6:22 pm
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